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March 4, 2021

Contact: Nicole Harvey
Grants Administrator, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-522-5202

Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Awarded Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Historical Society is proud to announce that the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma has been awarded a grant through the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program.

The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma has been awarded $11,000 that will help facilitate the local exhibition of three collections belonging to the tribe that are currently housed in the Illinois State Museum. The grant will fund the purchase of proper archival exhibit cases, humidity control cartridges and a humidity data logger.

"The Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma is proud to announce the recent award of the Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant, which will allow the Peoria Tribe to purchase museum-quality display cases to safely rotate its priceless collections of cultural archaeological objects while maintaining the utmost preservation and care," said Erin Barns, planner and grant writer. "These new cases will allow an increase in the ability to display more sensitive items that are currently housed in the Illinois State Museum. This will enrich not only the lives of tribal citizens but also community members."

A total of just over $460,000 in grant funds will be distributed, with projects ranging from collections care and exhibit development to strategic planning and educational programming. "This is only the second year for this grant program. As organizations wrap up their grant projects from last year and as we see the quality of the applications that came in for this grant cycle, it is clear that there is a strong need for this type of grant program," said Nicole Harvey, OHS grants administrator.

The Oklahoma Heritage Preservation Grant Program is a grants-in-aid program offered by the Oklahoma Historical Society with a goal of encouraging the collection, preservation and sharing of Oklahoma history at the grassroots level in all parts of the state. Open to tribal and municipal governments and not-for-profit historical organizations located in Oklahoma and registered with the Oklahoma secretary of state, this grants program offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects focused on collections, exhibits and programming. Applications for this annual program open in the fall and award announcements are made in January. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/grants.

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.


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